My New Years Wish for You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I have returned! I took a little R & R after the busy Christmas / New Years holiday. After 25 years in the Quality Control field and not having to work holidays and such, it’s been quite a transition to managing a retail store, especially during the holidays! I do however love the fact that I have maintained my Stampin’ business for almost 15 years, and I thank you for supporting me along the way!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Today my card share has the sentiment that I wish for you this New Year! “Do more of what makes you happy”.


The sentiment comes from the “Hello Life” stamp set that will be available January 6th from the new Occasions catalog (pg.6) When you look at the catalog it will show 4 of the images at full size and the remaining 6 at 50% or half the size. So you can see by my card that the sentiment is much larger than shown.

The beautiful background paper is the “Painted Blooms” Designer Series Paper that I gave you a sneak peek on my December 28th post. I love the many different patterns and color combinations of this paper.

The base card and stamped sentiment is done in the tantalizing “Blackberry Bliss”.

The cute little heart also comes from the “Hello Life” stamp set … I cut it out, added it to my sentiment, filled it with “Crystal Effects” and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The Crystal Effects absorbs the glitter and holds it in place … it looks so pretty! Love that technique!


The inside stamped images is yet another stamp from the “Hello Life” stamp set.  Hope you enjoyed today’s card, it’s quick and easy to make!

Thank you for stopping by today, and for your patience while I took a mini-break.

Have a wonderful day …. and do more of what makes you happy this year.


Please note that the “Hello Life” and Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper is not available until January 6th. However the ingredients needed for this card will qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!!


Our Stampin’ Retreat Swaps to Share ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine turned out great … I FOUND MY SWAP CARDS and will be sharing 3 of them with you today!!!


I have been looking in every bag and container that I brought back from retreat and could not find them anywhere. But today as I was going through my kitchen, I saw the little bag tucked nicely on the shelf and there they were!

It appears that I did not want anything to happen to my swaps so I put them on the shelf to keep them safe while I unpacked everything from the car. Oh my gosh … I couldn’t believe it, but I am so happy.

So today, I would like to share 3 of those cards with you …

Our first swap was done by Kathie D. She used the very versatile “Work of Art” stamp set in the delicious Blackberry Bliss!


The second card is from Cheryl G. She used our ever popular “Lovely as a Tree” and created a beautiful winter scene by adding snow with the help of the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set.


Last but definitely not least (This one won the card contest) is our swap from Meg … she used the new “Ornamental Pine” and a touch of glitter glue to add that holiday sparkle.


Each of these stamp sets can be used for so many different occasions, they should be a staple in your stamp collection. I know most of you already have “Lovely as a Tree”.

I think my stampin’ friends do a spectacular job … there was a lot of talent at my Holiday retreat! We all had a great time. I will be sharing more swaps with you next Monday.

Stop back tomorrow to see how I used the “Ornamental Pine” for an upcoming birthday, and yes … It’s a masculine card!

Have a great Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!



To purchase any of the stamp sets you have seen here today, just click on the link. I’ll have a sweet treat sent to your home as a Thank you from me.


The “JOY” of Christmas Cards and Stampin’ Tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

OK … Halloween is over and many of you know that I just loved that “Motley Monsters” Designer Series paper, but what are we going to do with it now that Halloween is over?

Don’t fret … I have an obvious solution for you in today’s card share plus an awesome stamping tip! 000_1646

 The obvious answer … Yep, flip it over! The great wood-grain paper below comes from “Motley Monsters”! I teamed it up with the “Wondrous Wreath” stamp set and coordinating framelits. Save 15% when you bundle the stamp set with the framelits!


The stamp set and framelits are amazing to work with … the beautiful color you create when using this two-step stamp set. I stamped Old Olive onto the Whisper White and then the Mossy Meadow in-color on top of the Olive.

* Just a quick reminder that the tabs on the photopolymer stamps are there for you to align the images and make your stamping easier.


You know me, I wanted that holiday sparkle so I used the Red Glimmer Paper and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. I had a blast putting this card together. The Multi-purpose glue works wonders on glimmer paper and holds superbly.

Yes, the “JOY” comes in the Wonderful Wreath framelits collection!!


One of the things I liked about this stamp set was that it also had a beautiful verse for the inside of the card, but if you are like me …. you can never stamp it straight! Today I want to share an easy solution to that problem …

1. Begin with the Grid Paper and align the inside of your card so it’s straight …


2. Use Washi tape and place it where you want your verse to “end” ….

(I unsticky my washi tape a bit by placing it on my skin or clothing … you don’t want it to peel your cardstock)

3. Align the bottom of your verse slightly above your washi tape and stamp …


Ahhh … doesn’t that look nice! Perfectly straight! I love it, I love it, I love it! Why didn’t I think of this before, like 13 years ago – lol.


I hope you enjoyed my card and stamping tips …


I’d love to hear what you think… you can leave me a message below. I will have another “Motley Monsters” transformation for you tomorrow!

Till then, have a great day ~


PS… I still haven’t found those swaps!




Seasons Greetings in Silver & Blue …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s been two weeks since we were at our Holiday Retreat and one of the pillow gifts my guests received was the beautiful Christmas Bauble stamp ….


We made a gorgeous card by coloring in the bauble with our inks and blender pens, and a touch of that fun glitter glue! It definitely is a perfect stamp for those who love to color, but what about those of you who don’t like to color?!

That was a challenge posed to me at retreat. After thinking about it, I described a card that could be make in silver and blue, with minimal coloring. It’s now out of my head and onto the paper … or should I say cardstock…


I began by embossing the Christmas Bauble in silver on the stunning Brushed Silver cardstock and then colored it with the Night of Navy Blendabilities Assortment. I only used the darkest shade for coloring the bauble.

I framed it up like a pretty little package using the Silver 1/8″ Metallic Ribbon.

I mounted the bauble image onto Night of Navy cardstock and embossed Seasons Greetings from the “Watercolor Winter Too” photopolymer stamp set, then completed the card by mounting it onto a Smoky Slate base.


You don’t have to love coloring to love this precious stamp … I’m sure there are many different cards we could create with little or no coloring, this is just one idea.

Feel free to share your idea with me … I’d love to share it with our stampin’ community! Send picture to


Thank you for stopping by ~

Hope you enjoyed today’s solution to coloring in an entire image. Sometimes less is more … especially when you need to make 80 Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful day,






Wonderful Weekly Deals…

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I know that I said I would be sharing one more card with my leftover pieces from retreat, however I wanted to share this weeks “Weekly Deals” with you …


We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

133375G Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96
Silver Stampin’ Glitter Item # 133756
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96
Twine Baker’S Early Espresso Item # 123124
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21
Boys Will Be Boys Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 134135
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71
Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71
Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130010
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 131151
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 127620
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $8.97

For more details or to purchase any of the products shown, just click on the highlighted products description and it will take you to my on-line store.

You can combine the Weekly Deals with items from the annual catalog, holiday catalog or the Holiday supplement… you can even add items from the Clearance Rack!

Just click on any of the pictures below and you’ll be magically transferred into the pages of these fabulous catalogs …




Please let me know if I can help you in any way!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


All is Calm Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It’s Monday and back to work for many of us, so I’d like to begin with a simple, calm Christmas card.

Yesterday I showed you an easy layout which included the dimensions you’ll need to make the card. I also suggested that you could use this layout for any type of card, so today I’m here to show you …


The card was created using the Lost Lagoon cardstock and “All is Calm” Designer Series paper. The pop of Whisper White really makes the “Merry Christmas” stand out. The greeting comes from the “Making Spirits Bright”, found on page 48 in the Holiday catalog.

All of the layers are “popped” up, using the Stampin’ Dimensionals … it gives so much depth and texture to the card.

I couldn’t resist adding the beautiful silver glimmer snowflake to really make the card feel like Christmas. The snowflake comes from the Snowflake Card Thinlet Dies (9 dies) in our Holiday Catalog.


Hope you enjoyed my Christmas version of the simple layout I shared yesterday, and thank you for stopping by.

Have a great week ahead ~




Halloween Greetings …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today is a quick -n- easy, or should I say “fast -n- furious” for Friday Halloween card. This “boo-tiful” card was created with the “Motley Monsters Designer Series paper, the Fun Fall Fest Bundles (Save 15%) and with a little help from my September Paper Pumpkin.


I love this polka dot background because once Halloween is over, I can still use this paper! Keep a close watch on my blog because you may even see one of these designs in an upcoming Christmas card!

I cut the ghost and circle out from a piece of scrap at the same time … saved me from lining it up and running it through the BigShot again.


My “BOO” greeting comes from the Paper Pumpkin kit and is designed to look old a worn out … and I couldn’t resist putting that crow on it. Besides, it added a bit a color and drew your eye across the card (very effective!) lol


The stampin’ list of ingredients is listed below, just click on any of the items to begin shopping. I have a sweet treat for all on-line orders this weekend (sent directly to you!)

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop back and see my final projects in this Halloween series.



Sweet Treat Halloween Keepsake Box

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m back with my Halloween series of cards and projects … Today a project! I saw so many fabulous boxes created with the “Curvy Keepsake Box” that I had to order one for myself, and my first endeavor highlights Halloween and the “Motley Monsters” Designer Paper …


Isn’t that cute!  The box is so simple to create … just cut 2 pieces from the die (I slide the designer paper in too, to create the two tone look) I like using the 12 x 12 cardstock sheets cut in half for my boxes.

I plan on adding treats inside so I wanted to make a tag… and what better set is there to use than the new ” Merry Everything” stamp set.  I love a stamp set that you can use all year long! I love a great value too, an you can save 15% by bundling it with the coordinating “Note Tag” punch.


I wanted to recreate the candy color on the designer paper, so I sponged the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie onto my Whisper White, and then stamped my “Good to the Last Bite” stamp. I used the new Memento pad … love it, love it, love it!

Let’s grab the “Sticky Strip” and put our little treat box together, and celebrate our sweet treat box. The ribbon is the new “Tangelo Twist” Satin Stitched ribbon … it’s even prettier in your hands!


Let’s not forget the yummies … Oh yes, and the little clothes pin came from one of my “Paper Pumpkin” kits!


Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my creations… it’s truly appreciated.

If you would like to purchase any of the materials I used to create today’s projects, just click on the link below.  I will send you a Step-by-Step Instruction Sheet with tips on how I created today’s project.

Have an most awesome day ~







Season of Stars ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It is beginning to get a bit chilly out…  Are you starting your Christmas cards yet?  Are you thinking about them?

Well, today I would like to share with you a beautiful Christmas card made with one of my favorite new accessories … the Star Framelits!  I teamed it up with the “All is Calm” Specialty Designer Series Paper which will surely soften the winds of winter.


I knew I wanted to use the Silver Glimmer paper, so I layered my stars … smallest and the next two sizes up for my card. I placed all 3 onto the glimmer paper and aligned the product markings on the stars to ensure a perfect alignment.


Each BigShot cuts or embosses differently … my stars needed a bit of help coming apart, so next time I will add a bit of a shim by placing a piece of paper into the sandwich as well. This only happened when cutting my glimmer paper and is well worth it.

My base color is the Soft Sky which coordinates with the All is Calm paper and really sets the tone for the card.  I used that and Lost Lagoon behind my stars for an added pop of color.

Adding a layer of the Shimmer paper between the base and the designer paper just adds that “holiday” touch to the card.


This angle shows the two smaller stars and the banner are popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals. It creates wonderful dimension to the card … and brings it to life!

The greeting comes from the “Bright & Beautiful” stamp set found in the Holiday catalog and is stamped in with Lost Lagoon. The banner was trimmed at the end using the square punch.

The items used for creating this card are listed below, click on anyone of them for more details or to begin your shopping at my on-line store.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hope you weekend is a wonderful one ~




You’re Wonderful …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m happy to announce the September photopolymer stamp set, You’re Wonderful—inspired by one of our Concept Artists; Melody’s carved stamps.




I love the whimsical feel of the scripted sentiment, the fun flow of the banners, and the pops of color from the gorgeous flowers. This card makes me happy.



She used the flower stamps on this card to create her background. She stamped the flowers in sections using Crumb Cake ink, then quickly added Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the damp ink to give the flowers a softer look.

Here is a cute little note card Melody created …


I love how she framed the flowers –  All 3 cards are beautiful.  You will be able to purchase this new stamp set on my on-line store.

Have a wonderful day ~


“Hello” to another Sneak Peak!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am sharing with you Eileen’s swap card from our Star’s group meeting on Friday.  It’s a sneak peek as this set is not available until Thursday!

Eileen used the “Four Feathers” Bundle (W-137629 / C – 137630) you can purchase the stamp set or framelits separately but a 15% savings sounds good to me!

Love the colors on this card… reminds me of a warm fall day!  Eileen used Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  She used the “Arrows” textured folder to create the background.

Eileen Swap

I love how Eileen used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch with the “Four Feathers” bundle to create the focal point of the card.  She topped off the tag with the Gold Metallic Bakers Twine.

Also highlighted on the tag is the new “Color me Autumn” Washi Tape … coming in the Holiday catalog.

Eileen used the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set to add a bit more color to the Crushed Curry feather … I think it turned out spectacular!

Eileen Swap-close up

It’s amazing that adding that little bit of color makes the feather really “pop”.

I appreciate the visit today.  I’m sure you’ve enjoyed Eileen’s card as much as I have.

Here is a quick reminder of our current promotions … just click on anyone of them to get more details.  Thank you.

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Hope you have a fabulous week ~






Lovin’ what I do …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Man … I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!   If you read the blog yesterday you know I just met with my downline  (people I have recruited into my stampin’ family) and that I will be sharing those swaps with you.

Yesterday I spent the day finishing and packing up the Make & Takes for the Hostess / Customer Appreciation Party … Oh, I can’t wait for my stampers to arrive!  I’m so excited … we are going to have a blast!  I’ll post 🙂  It is amazing the lives you touch when you are in this business.

So today … I’m going to share the Make & Take I presented to the Star’s group…  A Masking Technique and a some stampin’ tips!

With summer coming to an end and fall right around the corner I wanted to share not only a new stamp set, but a something to really highlight it.


Lets begin with the masking, I used two post it notes together (if you don’t have the longer ones) … make sure the “sticky” edges are to the inside where you will be sponging.

I began with Daffodil Delight and started 1/3 of the way down the area to be sponged, this way the darker area is where you begin and you work your way up so the top is lighter.  You can always add more color but you can’t take it back off.

The Pumpkin Pie – start 2/3 of the way down so as you move up, it’s lighter and will blend beautifully with the Daffodil.  The Blackberry bliss will start at the bottom and again, work your way up.  STAMPIN’ TIP: I do this technique of sponging in a circular motion because that helps blend it nicely too.

The stamp set is the “HOLIDAY HOME” (135095) from the Holiday Catalog.  It is a photopolymer set so yo won’t have to worry about those smaller images falling off the blocks … they stick so nicely and being clear, it’s a breeze to align!


We stamped the tallest of the 3 houses in this set (there is also fun stuff for Christmas… very versatile) then we colored the house in to create a silhouette!  Don’t you just love it!  We left the windows alone so the color from our sponging would come through.

I just have to let you know that this stamp set has coordinating framelits (135857) and you can purchase it as a bundle (137631) too!  Catalog orders can begin AUG.28th in !!  Please let me know if you did not get your catalog.


Thanks so much for the visit … be sure to check back daily as I will be posting more of the Star’s gathering swaps and pics and samples from my Appreciation Party!

Here is a quick reminder of our current promotions … just click on anyone of them to get more details.  Thank you.

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Have a super Sunday~





Holiday Catalog Sneak Peak … Simply Grateful

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Last week I teased with my Holiday Catalog order arrival, so today I thought I would share a little sneak peek into that catalog!

Today I’ll begin with my favorite of the four seasons … FALL.  I just love those warm days and cool nights, and the wonderful smell of Autumn.  It’s just fun and colorful, like a celebration that kicks off our holiday season.  Hmmm… makes sense, doesn’t it!

OK … enough chit – chat!  Grab a piece of paper and a pencil, because you are going to want to write down all these scrumptious new products ….


My base is “Baked Brown Sugar” and I teamed it up with the new “Under the Tree” Specialty Designer Paper.  It is double sided and a bit thicker than our regular cardstock, so it’s going to be great for your cards, and your holiday projects.

The “Grateful for You” comes from the stamp set “Merry Everything”.   I liked the way the lines from “YOU” on my greeting, plays off the lines of my designer paper!

The greeting was punched out with the new “Note Tag Punch”.  I stamped a second tag to add a touch of color.  I topped off the greeting with the Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon which is found in the annual catalog with the In-Colors.

The precious little leaves come from our new “Fun Fall” Framelit Dies.  I gave them a crease in the middle for some added dimension and then sponged the edges to soften them up a bit.  My leaves are Mossy Meadow, Tangerine Tango, and Cherry Cobbler.  All are popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.


The colors of fall really warm this sweet card, and it is a simple card to recreate.  I hope it inspired you today.

The items from the Holiday Catalog will not be available until the 28th, so I will only list the items from the Annual Catalog.  Please let me know if you will be needing a Holiday Catalog!

Have yourself a warm and wonderful day ~